Read my reviews of previous books in the Irons and Works series:

Free Hand (#1) | Blank Canvas (#2) | American Traditional (#3) | Bio-Mechanical (#4) | Stick and Poke (#5) | Scarification (#6) | Scratcher (#7) | Ornamental (#8) | To Touch the Light (follow-up) | Last-Minute Walk-In (follow-up)

I prefer longer novels in the romance genre because that gives the author so much more time to develop a meaningful relationship between the characters rather than just default to “insta-love.” However, even that can be done well in the right hands, among which I certainly include Lindsey. Sometimes people do just click, and I can accept early “love” as the genuine potential for a lasting relationship.

Ryder and Linc shouldn’t work together. The former is adorable, and the latter is more of a punk badass, but they’re each incredibly sweet and a little awkward in different ways. That awkwardness might stem from their differences (Ryder’s schizophrenia and Linc’s limb differences), but as always, Lindsey makes those aspects integral facets of their characters and not the entirety of their personalities. Together, these men are unexpected and delightful in a way that made me want so much more than just their initial interactions.

Luckily, Lindsey is using this novella as a jumping-off point for a connected series, and we’ll be sure to see more of these men in future works. While I’m sad to leave them, I agree that the Irons and Works crew more than deserves to enjoy their hard-won happily ever afters, and I’m excited to meet a new found-family that I’m sure to love just as much.

Rating: 5 (out of 5) stars
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